In an opinion piece published by The Hill, the issues surrounding policymakers’ roles on the impact of the overall effectiveness of a background check is discussed. In place to protect the homeland, workplaces, citizens and assets, the background check is performed through various means. For instance, a one-time instant check is completed when a gun is purchased from a Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) seller, while a more thorough background check is performed for both private and public purposes, such as employment, tenant and volunteer screening. But some don’t realize that essential information, like complete name and complete date of birth (DOB) isn’t available in the federal record keeping system known as PACER. This presents difficulties for professionals who are trying to determine whether a federal criminal record belongs to a specific individual. Long term, this could lead to major consequences, such as terrorist threats, kidnapping, embezzlement, bomb threats, and financial and internet crimes.